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December 01, 2016

3 Philly suburban school districts rank in Top 10 nationally

Three Philadelphia suburban school districts are among the Top 10 districts in the nation, according to rankings compiled by for its 2017 Best Schools List.

Tredyffrin/Easttown School District in Chester County was ranked the top school district in the nation for the second consecutive year by the website, which analyzes schools' data and parent and student reviews to develop national and state rankings.

Two others in the suburbs, the Radnor Township and Lower Merion districts, ranked third and eighth nationally, respectively.

RELATED: Rankings: The best public high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Two of Tredyffrin-Easttown's elementary schools, Hillside in Berwyn and Beaumont in Devon, were ranked the first and second best in the country, respectively. Two others, New Eagle Elementary and Valley Forge Elementary, both in Wayne, ranked 22nd and 24th, respectively. Two of its middle schools – Valley Forge in Wayne and Tredyffrin-Easttown in Berwyn – ranked 10th and 12th in the national rankings, respectively. Its high school ranked 12th in the United States.

"We have great kids who continue to shine and who are supported by dedicated staff and a caring, engaged community,” Dr. Richard Gusick, T/E superintendent of schools, said in a statement.

In the Radnor district, Radnor Middle School in Wayne was ranked 14th in the nation. Ithan Elementary in Bryn Mawr ranked 20th nationally, while Radnor Senior High School ranked 28th.

In the Lower Merion district, Merion Elementary School in Merion Station was ranked fourth in the nation. Two other district elementary schools, Penn Wynne in Wynnewood and Cynwyd in Bala Cynwyd, ranked 17th and 21st in the United States. Its Bala Cynwyd Middle School ranked 20th in the nation.

In New Jersey, the Princeton and Millburn Township school systems ranked sixth and 24th in the nation, respectively.

Four middle schools placed in the top 25 nationally: Thomas R. Grover Middle School, West Windsor, fifth; J. Witherspoon Middle School, Princeton, 13th; Community Middle School, Plainsboro, 16th; and Millburn Middle School, Millburn, 17th.

Four elementary schools placed in the top 25 nationally, as well: Littlebrook Elementary School, Princeton, third; Johnson Park Elementary School, Princeton, eighth; Riverside Elementary School, Princeton, 14th; and South Mountain School, Millburn, 23rd.

All of the schools mentioned above earned A+ grades from based on several criteria, including academics, teachers and culture and diversity.

Here are the Top 10 school districts, public middle schools and public elementary schools in Pennsylvania:


1. Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, Wayne

2. Radnor Township School District, Wayne

3. Lower Merion School District, Ardmore

4. North Allegheny School District, Pittsburgh

5. Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh

6. Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, Kennett Square

7. Mt. Lebanon School District, Pittsburgh

8. Quaker Valley School District, Leetsdale

9. Upper St. Clair School District, Pittsburgh

10. Wissahickon School District, Ambler


1. Valley Forge Middle School, Wayne

2. Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School, Berwyn

3. Radnor Middle School, Wayne

4. Bala Cynwyd Middle School, Bala Cynwyd

5. Welsh Valley Middle School, Narberth

6. Ingomar Middle School, Pittsburgh

7. Marshall Middle School, Wexford

8. Jefferson Middle School, Pittsburgh

9. Carson Middle School, Pittsburgh

10. Mellon Middle School, Pittsburgh


1. Hillside Elementary School, Berwyn

2. Beaumont Elementary School, Devon

3. Merion Elementary School, Merion Station

4. Penn Wynne School, Wynnewood

5. Ithan Elementary School, Bryn Mawr

6. Cynwyd Elementary School, Bala Cynwyd

7. New Eagle Elementary School, Wayne

8. Valley Forge Elementary School, Wayne

9. Gladwyne Elementary School, Gladwyne

10. Belmont Hills Elementary School, Bala Cynwyd

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Here are the Top 10 school districts, public middle schools and public elementary schools in New Jersey:


1. Princeton Public Schools, Princeton

2. Millburn Township Schools, Millburn

3. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional, West Windsor

4. The School District of the Chathams, Chatham

5. Montgomery Township School District, Skillman

6. Tenafly Public Schools, Tenafly

7. East Brunswick Public Schools, East Brunswick

8. Bernards Township School District, Basking Ridge

9. Livingston Public Schools, Livingston

10. Summit Public Schools, Summit


1. Thomas R. Grover Middle School, West Windsor

2. J. Witherspoon Middle School, Princeton

3. Community Middle School, Plainsboro

4. Millburn Middle School, Millburn

5. Briarcliff Middle School, Mountain Lakes

6. William Annin Middle School, Basking Ridge

7. Heritage Middle School, Livingston

8. Tenafly Middle School, Tenafly

9. George Washington Middle School, Ridgewood

10. Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman


1. Littlebrook Elementary School, Princeton

2. Johnson Park Elementary School, Princeton

3. Riverside Elementary School, Princeton

4. South Mountain School, Millburn

5. Deerfield Elementary School, Short Hills

6. Glenwood Elementary School, Short Hills

7. Hartshorn Elementary School, Short Hills

8. Maurice Hawk Elementary School, West Windsor

9. John V.B. Wicoff Elementary School, Plainsboro

10. Wyoming Elementary School, Millburn